Reveals how computers routinely gather information on our finances, politics, tastes, and habits, posing a threat to our individual privacy. Focuses on computer banks, computer thieves, and telecomputers.
1 videocassette (57 min.) : 3/4 in
Note: transferred from 1/2 in videocassette, University of Maryland
Title from data sheet
Narrator, James Whitmore
Executive producer, John Mansfield ; cinematography, Boyd Estus [and others] ; produced by WGBH
January 19, 2023 Subject:
An early omen of the privacy concerns to come
This NOVA special covers the growing concerns over data collection by both government and corporations and its effects on U.S. citizens. Unfortunately, the audio quality is mediocre, with some of the narration so muddled that it's hard to make out what is being said.
One interesting note: At about 14:00, the film shows a heavily redacted version of the infamous, anonymous FBI letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, in which the agency tried to convince him to die by his own hand. Comparing the redactions shown in the film with the unredacted version available on Wikipedia, it appears the FBI was not yet willing, in the early 1980s, to admit they tried to blackmail Dr. King with surveillance tapes of his extramarital affairs.